2010 Anthill Farms "Campbell Ranch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $55)

SKU #1090387 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch is gorgeous. Sweet floral notes meld into savory herbs, mint, licorice and dried red cherries. An exotic, beguiling wine, the 2010 is pure nuance and delineation. Sweet and intensely perfumed through to the finish, the 2010 is a wine of extraordinary delicacy and nuance. The 2010 was made with 40-50% whole clusters. Readers should not miss out on this sensational effort. (AG)  (4/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red. Heady, sexy aromas of black raspberry, Asian spices, rose oil and zesty minerals. Brisk and tightly wound, with impressive precision and cut to its lively dark berry and floral flavors. Aeration brings up deeper cherry and licorice qualities as well as more flesh and heft. Impressively concentrated, penetrating and focused pinot with outstanding finishing energy and cling. (ST)  (5/2012)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An exceptionally pretty and restrained nose of pure red pinot fruit is nuanced by hints of red currant and discreet spice nuances. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the equally pure, precise and vibrant middle weight flavors that possess good depth on the clean, dry and beautifully well-balanced finish. I quite like the style as well as the delivery plus there is better overall complexity than with many of the wines in the range. Worth considering. *Outstanding*  (1/2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.